Falmouth International Maritime Initiative


The regeneration scheme includes a maritime museum, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, commercial, retail and residential buildings, public events square and a marina.

The complex has been carefully planned to make a major contribution to the sequence of public spaces along the waterfront, and to create a pedestrian route linking the old town-centre with the lifeboat station and docks.

The main museum includes an underwater tidal gallery, tidal pool, model boat pools, education room, catering facilities, temporary exhibition areas and pontoons for sailing ‘live’ exhibits.

The design of the building employs low-energy strategies, including natural ventilation in the main galleries.

The building was highly commended by the Royal Fine Art Commission, and  received one of the largest ever Heritage Lottery Fund grants for new building. It has won RIBA, BCI, RTPI and Civic Trust Awards, amongst others.

The Museum opened in 2002.




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